Great Birding On A Great Lake!
May 14-17, Two Rivers Wisconsin
Get ready for “Great Birding On A Great Lake!” This is the 2020 Convention theme, and we are excited to give you a meaningful, active, and educational conference!
There will be some new options to this year’s convention, and we’ll be taking advantage of the fact that we’re on Lake Michigan. Field trips will be offered at skill levels ranging from beginning to advanced, with early and late start time options, and may include kayaking (West Twin River), a night hike, and biking options.
The keynote speaker for the convention banquet will be Dr. Ben Zuckerberg, associate professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Benjamin Zuckerberg, associate professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Zuckerberg, whose UW lab has found overwhelming evidence that wildlife populations are responding to modern climate change, will discuss what future actions are suggested by data gathered from breeding bird atlas work.
Two Rivers has three stops on the Lake Michigan segment of the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail: Woodland Dunes, Point Beach State Forest, and Two Rivers Harbor and Neshotah Park. The city recently has been working to improve access to the south pier area at Two Rivers Harbor, a popular bird watching destination.
Woodland Dunes, a convention partner, is designated an Important Bird Area by the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, contains more than 1,500 acres of hardwood and conifer forests, wetlands, and prairies located between Two Rivers and Manitowoc. It features seven miles of hiking trails, and its 14 ridges and swales are home to important stopover habitat for Neo-tropical songbirds, Monarch butterflies, bats, amphibians, mammals, and more than 400 plant species.
The community of Two Rivers is excited to be hosting us and has some fun ideas in store. Jason Ring, Executive Director of the Manitowoc Area Visitor and Convention Bureau, and Roger Russove, Executive Director of the Two Rivers Main Street program, are both part of this year’s planning committee and are working to ensure that you get a rich flavor of the community while there.
Get ready for “Great Birding On A Great Lake” and be watching for more details!
American Avocet. Photograph taken by Dr. Chuck Sontag.